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Daniel Willcox

Men's Two Person Dinghy- 470
Date of birth: 
Friday, June 8, 1990

Daniel Willcox, from Auckland’s Murrays Bay Sailing Club, made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 sailing together with Paul Snow-Hansen in the Men’s 470 double-handed dinghy.

Willcox and Snow-Hansen are long-time friends, both representing New Zealand at junior level at the 2004 Optimist World Championships, where Willcox placed 4th. They paired up in the Men’s 470 in 2013 to embark on the Road to Rio.

Snow-Hansen and Willcox achieved a career best performance at the 2016 Men’s 470 World Championships held in Argentina in February with a silver medal.

Willcox is from an accomplished sporting family; his father Hamish is a three-time Men’s 470 World Champion, and his sister Anna represented New Zealand at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in freeski slopestyle.

Career highlights:

  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games - 10th
  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 6th
  • 2016 Men's 470 World Championships - 2nd 
  • 2014 Men's 470 World Championship - 12th 
  • 2014 Olympic Test Event, Rio - Bronze
  • 2013 470 World Championships - 7th 
  • 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - 3rd 
  • 2013 Open 470 European Championships - 8th 
  • 2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta - 2nd 
  • 2013 International 470 Spring Cup - 3rd 
  • 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 8th 
  • 2013 470 National Champions
  • 2013 ISAF World Ranked #3
  • 2004 Optimist World Championships – 4th
  • See full results history here

Team-mate: Paul Snow-Hansen